The Virgin Suicides – Book & Movie (a non-review)

Well, it wouldn’t make sense to write a proper review for a book everyone already talked about and for which, as for any other books, everything and its opposite has been said. Therefore, I’ll just let a few thoughts spill out freely. Thoughts that most probably will follow no logical sequence, and won’t tell much…

On my solo travel experience

“Solo travel”. Say it out loud and it will give you a feeling of alienation, a strong will of leaving, of growing apart from everything, and especially everyone. Reality is way less dramatic than what we are used to imagine in our very social world. At the beginning of this year, I realised that sometimes…

At the doctor

From what I always hear, one of the most difficult things to get used to for an Italian living abroad is the health system. First of all, we are used to a public health system, where you don’t have to pay for any little thing. Here in Ireland, I had the first heart attack when…

Personal Traditions

When I was in Italy during the Christmas holidays, I bought a book called “Prendiluna”, by Stefano Benni, an Italian author I discovered when I was in college and loved since. A personal tradition of mine came back to my mind, something I had created right at that time: after every exam of my last…

This was/is Halloween

I absolutely love the story of Halloween, the pagan origin of the festivity, the dark side of it, the link to the unknown. In the first couple of years I spent in Ireland, I enjoyed dressing up, and I would still love to do it if a party should come up. Here in Galway, the…

Insomnia

In the last couple of weeks I have been suffering from a very bad form of insomnia. I have never really slept well since I moved to this new apartment, but it became worse and worse. I remember experiencing something like this only once before, 4 years ago, before I left Italy. Last week, I…

My Women’s day

I never liked festivities or recurrent dates during the year. Not because they are fake or commercial, but because I hate when somebody tells me why I should celebrate something. I even have difficulties with birthdays. Anyway, on this women’s day, I spent a few minutes thinking about myself, like an assessment of who I…

35/56 Anti-cat DIY

The first thing I checked when I entered the new apartment, were couches and kitchen chairs. The two couches and the four kitchen chairs seats are leather. Having cats, my main concern was to do anything to save them from the power of claws. I fitted throws and other covers on the couches, and this…

33/56 Friendly words

Sometimes, during tough times, people who you think are far from you and your experiences, can surprise you with just a sentence. Sometimes the most simple thing can be the most powerful. The most powerful words are the ones that hit the target without having being uttered with any intention. A couple of weeks ago,…

32/56 Snow days

This couple of snow days have been a blessing. I don’t like snow at all, but I have to admit this time I have to thank it. Even though I risk to get something broken every time I leave home, or even though now everything will turn into grey slush. Last Sunday, February 25th, I officially…